A Typical Day in the Job
There are two types of day on a weekly rota, Domestic and Outdoor.
A typcial domestic day would have you making sandwiches for your guests who have ordered a packed lunch for the day and delivering these to the hotel where they are based. On some days you are now not needed until 5 or 6pm in the evening. On others you might be doing an airport transfer which we offer weekly in Spain, or twice a week in Austria: doing a shopping run to a local supermarket to get supplies in for the staff apartment; welcoming the occasional arrival at the hotel from 2pm onwards etc. Many of these domestic days provide the opportuinty to get out to recce walks you haven't done before, or to enjoy other alpine activities with one of your teammates, Via Ferrata, climbing, mountain or road biking etc.
At 6 o'clock in Austrua and 7 o'clock in Spain you would be hosting 'Office Hour' with the rest of your teammates. Over a sociable drink for an hour before dinner, your guests would be picking your brains for your advice on walks for the next day, self guided or our 'organised' routes, or for other alpine activities which you may be able to help them book locally. By asking about people's previous hill walking experience, we can advise them on routes which we know, and which we think would be safe and enjoyable for them. A lot of time is spent pouring over maps, talking through routes in great detail, getting excited about the next day's adventures.
After Office Hour, you would eat dinner with your guests in the hotel, a three course evening meal with wine, where you are one of the hosts at an informal dinner party.
A typical Outdoor day would see you meeting the guests who have signed up for your Organised Walk the evening before at Office Hour. Before we leave we read through a list of things people should have with them for the day, and also describe how the day will run. During the walk you would lead from the back, stopping regularly for water and food, keep an eye on everyone's condition, whilst also making sure you are going the right way, with one eye on the weather and one on the time. Conversations with your guests flow and ebb naturally, and by the end of the walk you would have spent time chatting with everyone in the group. We offer easy, moderate and hard walks, and all will feature stunning scenery, whether you are valley bottom or ridge top.
On your return, after a shower and change of clothes, you would help at Office Hour again, and once this is finished, you would go back to the staff apartment to cook with one of your teammates, and have some downtime away from the guests.
Your language skills would be needed for daily communication with our local landlords and suppliers; booking activities for our guests with local centres (white water rafting, horse riding, canyoning etc.; sorting out problems with car hire and lost luggage; and accompanying our guests to the doctors or hospital to help translate as and when there was the need. You would need to speak Spanish or German to a good intermediate level at least, and be able to express yourself clearly.